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In the News~

August 23, 1873 [SBDP]: “Arrivals. Schooner Reliance, [Captain] Marris, from hunting expedition.”

October 4, 1873 [SBDP]: “Departures. Schooner Reliance, [Captain] J. McLachlan, for San Buenaventura, with 25 M lumber for Mayhew.”

November 20, 1973 [SBDP]: “Arrived. November 14. Schooner Reliance, [Captain] McLachlan, from Santa Cruz, lime and plaster for J. P. Stearns.”

December 13, 1873 [SBDP]: “Departures. December 8. Schooner Reliance, [Captain] Harke, for Islands.”

October 21, 1875 [SBDN]: “The schooner Reliance, Captain Linbridge, arrived from Santa Cruz yesterday with a cargo of lumber and lime for John P. Stearns.”

October 28, 1875 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance, on her way to San Francisco, had to make the harbor here on account of the wind.”

January 19, 1876 [SBDN]: “The schooner Reliance left for Santa Cruz yesterday.”

March 11, 1876 [SBDP]: “Shell-hunting on Santa Cruz Island. Placing ourselves in charge of Captain Thomas, on board the Star of Freedom, at 9 A.M. we sailed for the famed island of Santa Cruz… A commodious adobe house, though damp, cold and dusty from long vacancy, afforded us a sufficient shelter. The darkness of the hour compelled us to destroy some of the Chinese furniture in the house, such as soap boxes, barrels, etc., to provide ourselves with fuel… Our three day’s excursion was unavoidably extended to eight, and had it not been for the kindness of the captain of the Reliance, who put into the little harbor during a storm, and for the generous hospitality of the superintendent of the island, who kindly furnished us with supplies, our subsistence must have been procured from the abundance of sea gulls, frogs, and prickly-pears with which the island abounds…”

April 7, 1876 [SBDN]: “The schooner Reliance brought from below a cargo of stove wood. She is loading with lumber for Carpinteria.”

October 28, 1876 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance, loaded with lumber, sailed for Carpinteria yesterday, and after discharging her cargo there, will sail for San Diego.”

June 22, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance will take a fishing party to troll in the channel next Sunday.”

June 23, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance will depart from Stearn's Wharf — trolling in the channel — about nine o’clock on Sunday morning and returning in the evening. Fare 50 cents.”

June 25, 1877 [SBDP]: “The U.S.C.S. steamer McArthur, Chinese fishing boat Samac, yacht Albatross, and schooners Reliance and W. C. Tregen, were in the harbor this morning.”

June 26, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance sailed for Carpinteria this morning.”

July 17, 1877 [SBDP]: “A quantity of lumber to be used for caging the captured sea lions was being towed to the schooner Reliance this morning.”

July 17, 1877 [SBDP]: “On Sunday evening captain J. R. Mullett returned from Europe, where he had successfully disposed of his cargo of sea lions. Two only died on the road. During the passage several of the females gave birth to cubs. On the arrival of the train conveying the animals to the New York depot, the excitement and curiosity were very great, so much so that the traffic was completely stopped for a time. Two of the lions were left at the New York Aquarium, and two at Cooney’s Island Aquarium. The remainder, Captain Mullett took with him to Berlin, Hamburg, London, Paris and Havers, where they were sold at good prices. The captain has orders for twenty more, and started today on board the schooner Reliance with a corps of twelve men. He expects to be absent about ten days.”

July 17, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance has just been purchased by the More Brothers of Santa Rosa Island, and Mr. Burtis, formerly mate of the Star of Freedom, has been appointed sailing master. Mr. Burtis is well known as a thorough seaman, and the owners have made a good move in securing his services. She takes her first trip today, under new management, on a sea lion hunt.”

July 25, 1877 [SBDP]: “Sea Lions. This morning the schooner Reliance arrived at Stearn’s Wharf with nine sea lions and a female sea elephant. Some of the animals are much larger than those caught on the previous trip, and there are also several young ones. They will be shipped tonight on the steamer Los Angeles for San Francisco, en route for St. Louis and Philadelphia — their ultimate destination. Captain Mullett reports an exceedingly rough trip. He went to Santa Cruz Island, thence to Santa Rosa, and finally San Miguel, where the largest lions were taken. The weather on the other side of the islands was very stormy, and a gale blew the whole time they were out, nearly every sea breaking over the vessel. At night she dragged her anchors and drifted at the mercy of the waves. All the provisions on board were completely spoiled. The animals are badly scarred in places, owing to the roughness of the weather and the difficulty of handling; but they look healthy and well able to stand the trip across the continent. The cost of the trip altogether exceeds $1600.”

August 3, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooners Reliance and Star of Freedom are in port.”

October 1, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooners Star of Freedom and Reliance are in the harbor today.”

October 2, 1877 [SBDP]: “Seals. The demands for seals and sea lions has increased very much of late, and inquiries for them have been numerous. The schooner Reliance has been engaged by some San Francisco people to go on a hunt for them, and yesterday the captain, with an able-bodied crew, left the port, with all the necessary appliances for their capture and safe transit to their destination. The schooner will visit Anacapa and Santa Cruz islands, making the other side of them, where the seals abound in large numbers. Captain Mullett has retired from the business, having made a comfortable income from his excursions. The schooner is expected to be back in port in about ten days.”

October 8, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance returned from the islands on Saturday afternoon, bringing four large sea lions which had been captured, according to order, for a San Francisco firm. The animals were in good condition. The captain reports the animals as being very wild and savage, and difficult to capture.”

October 12, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance arrived from Santa Rosa Island last evening.”

October 15, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance will leave port this evening for the Island of San Miguel. She takes over a number of Chinamen who are employed in the abalone fishing trade, together with their boat and utensils. The boat, which has been built up town, was hauled down to the wharf on a dray.”

November 3, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance arrived from the islands yesterday, and is the only vessel in our harbor today.”

November 21, 1877 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance was riding at anchor in our harbor this morning.”

December 13, 1877 [SBDP]: “Departures. December 8. Schooner Reliance, [Captain] Harke, for islands.

January 17, 1878 [SBDP]: “In the storm’s track. The destruction among the fishing craft was general… The schooner Reliance, which lay at anchor outside the buoy, commenced dragging her anchor at about one o’clock P.M. on Tuesday, and drifted east of the wharf until, when in about 30 fathoms offshore, she grounded and went to pieces; the hull beaching, bottom upwards, about one-fourth of a mile below the wharf. She is a complete wreck. The crew had all come ashore, so there was no one on board when she went on the beach.”

January 17, 1878 [SBDP]: “The schooner Reliance went on the rocks day before yesterday at More’s Landing, was dashed to pieces, and heaved on the beach. There is not a piece of her left large enough for a decent back-log.”